The Georgia Master Gardener Program® is an Extension volunteer training program offered through county offices of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Through this program, individuals are trained and certified in home horticulture, gardening, and related areas.
These individuals, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services, under the direction of their County Extension Agent, to help others through educational projects that benefit the community. Master Gardener Extension Volunteers bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to their communities’ landscapes and gardens; making life better for Georgians.
To assist Cooperative Extension in providing unbiased horticultural information through volunteer community service and educational gardening projects using applied research and the resources of the University of Georgia.
The Master Gardener Program is designed to develop highly skilled volunteers that agree to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours of service in exchange for 40 hours of horticultural training by Cooperative Extension professionals. After the initial year of service, 25 hours of volunteer service is required to remain active in the program. Typical volunteer activities include:
- Gardening Demonstrations
- Plant Clinics
- Phone Consultations
- Newsletter Production
- Youth Gardening
- Community or Education Gardening
- Information Booths at Fairs & Festivals
- Research & writing Projects
- Teach Adult Classes
- Newspaper or Magazine Articles
President – Cesare Matrundola
Vice President - Marjean Levy & Gale Ward
Treasurer - Pat Roling
Corresponding Sec. - Mary Carter
Recording Sec. - Vivian Cheatham
Historian - Charlene Hutson
3-year Director -Judy Abell
2-year Director Debbie Altman
1-year Director - Marti Colglazier
Past President - Maria VonDickersohn
Purchase the "So Easy to Preserve" Book today at the Rockdale County Extension Office for $18.00. Cash or check only.
Become a Master Gardener
Course dates: January - March (each year)
Applications: Accepted each year Sept. 1- Oct. 31
Cost: $ 120.00
2018 Application Packet:
2018 Volunteer Application
Trainee Role Description
Applicants must pass a University of Georgia Volunteer background check and follow UGA Extension policies and procedures.
Contact Amy Smith or James Murphy at the Rockdale County Extension Office @ 770-278-7373 for more information.
Note: Class will be held on Mondays from 9am-4 pm on Mondays for 12 weeks (January-March). We partner with South-Metro Counties (Henry, Clayton, and Spalding) with most meetings in McDonough.
One creates a living memorial by dedicating a tree within the Arboretum. You are invited to make your dedication by either adopting an existing tree or purchasing and planting a tree from the approved list.
How to dedicate a tree: Application
Additional Garden links:
- Georgia Master Gardener
- Introduction to Plant Pathogens
- Diseases of Vegetables, Turf and Ornamental plants
- Diseases on Vegetables and Ornamentals by: Alfredo Martinez
- Weed Control in the Landscape by Dr. Mark Czarnota